The news is old at this point: Warner Bros., in an attempt to catch up with Disney and its insanely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, is lining up all of its DC Comics properties and uniting them in a all-encompassing DC Extended Universe (DCEU for short). 2013’s Man of Steel was technically the first installment, but next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are the real launch, introducing a giant swath of the franchise’s new cast and leading to the giant slate of solo and team-up films scheduled for 2017 and beyond.

What may be new news is just how much this newly assembled cast is worth: an estimated $713 million. Yes, that’s nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars – and that’s just for the top 14 actors slated to star in the next batch of movies. Curious to see how that total dollar amount breaks down? So were we, which lead us to file this report.

The Rules

The figures listed below represent that actor’s current estimated net worth, and not his or her accumulative earnings (either personal or box-office) up until this point. Secondly, we’ll be starting with the lowest earners of this massive chunk of change and working our way up – who doesn’t, after all, like a little suspense along with his financial breakdowns?

Ready to get to it? Here are the 14 Richest Actors Joining the DC Comics Universe.

$8 million: Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn)

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Role: Harley Quinn
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Suicide Squad (August 2016)

The 25-year-old Margot Robbie got her start in her native Australia eight short years ago, then transitioned over to Hollywood with such hits as Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Focus (co-starring with Will Smith) – which might explains why she is the least rich of the rich.

In the DCEU, Robbie portrays the Joker’s smitten love-kitten, Harley Quinn, who seems to be the unofficial lead of the Suicide Squad ensemble. It’s unknown what role the character will play in future installments, but it’s almost a given that there will, indeed, be some kind of role for her – Harley’s popularity in the television and comic formats virtually guarantees it, along with the facto that Warner Bros. is depending on the Batman franchise to be a key tent-pole of its burgeoning shared universe.

$10 million: Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor)

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Role: Lex Luthor
Films currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016)

At 31 years of age, Jesse Eisenberg is among the youngest of the DCEU’s cast, right alongside Margot Robbie. As such, it’s not surprising that his total net worth is, again like Robbie, on the “lower” end of the superheroic scale – though his recent casting as arch supervillain Lex Luther is sure to play a major factor in his future success.

Eisenberg didn’t land his first breakout role until 2009, in Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, but it was quickly followed by The Social Network (2010), where his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has already become iconic – and may have prepared him for the younger, Steve-Jobs-inspired take on Superman’s main nemesis.

Although not yet officially announced, it’s possible that this new, controversial Luthor will play a major role in Justice League Part One, if not for many installments beyond that.

$10 million: Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth)

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Role: Alfred Pennyworth
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016)

Unlike the youngsters on this list, the 66-year-old Jeremy Irons has been around for the past 44 years, beginning with roles in the British theater. Film followed in 1980, with the biopic Nijinski, and the Englishman has played supporting and lead roles in a string of successful pictures since, including Die Hard, The Man in the Iron Mask, and, of course, The Lion King, in which he voiced Scar (we’ll graciously leave Dungeons and Dragons off this list).

With Bruce Wayne’s ever-faithful butler, Alfred Pennyworth, forever at his side, it’s likely that audiences will be seeing a great deal of Irons in the years ahead: since Ben Affleck’s Batman is already scheduled to be the most-visible character in the DCEU, who will appear in everything from Batman v. Superman to the Justice League films to his own solo efforts, it’s possible that Alfred will be the second-most-seen character in the DCEU.

$12 million: Cara Delevingne (Enchantress)

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Role: Enchantress
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Suicide Squad (August 2016)

Cara Delevingne has an interesting origin story, at least compared to the rest of Warner Bros.’s motley crew: the 23-year-old Londoner started out her professional life as a fashion model before becoming an actor (fun fact: among her first jobs as a child was a series of ads for Cadbury chocolate).

Although still new on the acting scene, her role in this summer’s Paper Towns landed her on our list of 2015’s rising stars.

The character Delevingne is playing, Enchantress, who possesses a potent range of magical abilities – including teleportation and, essentially, telekinesis – will be something of a game-changer for the nascent DCEU, as the first two films will mostly focus on the comparatively more grounded subjects of aliens and millionaire vigilantes (though how much of a game-changer she’ll end up being will, of course, largely depend on how the Amazonian goddess Wonder Woman is handled).

$14 million: Henry Cavill (Superman)

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Role: Superman
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016), the Justice League two-parter (November 2017 and June 2019)

Henry Cavill – yet another Englishman on our list – is something of an interesting entry, as he has made the bulk of his still-growing financial empire by playing the role of Superman in Man of Steel just two years ago (when he was a mere 30-years-old). Given the Last Son of Krypton’s central status in both the DC Comics and shared cinematic universes, it only stands to reason that he’ll end up much higher on this list in another few years’ time.

Cavill’s breakout role was in Showtime’s The Tudors, but, two years before that, he had an even bigger possible brush with fame: he was one of the final two candidates to play a little part known as James Bond for the Casino Royale reboot (a role he may get another chance at once both Spectre and Daniel Craig are out). Although a direct sequel to Man of Steel is currently rumored to be put on hold, with three confirmed appearances (thus far) as Superman over the next four years, it’s safe to say that Cavill will remain within public consciousness for quite some time.

$14 million: Holly Hunter (???)

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Role: Unidentified US senator
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016)

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in the 1970s, Holly Hunter pursued theater in New York, where she promptly got stuck in an elevator with playwright Beth Henley, a fluke of fate that quickly jump-started her career. Just a few years later, Hunter broke through to the movie sphere with 1981’s The Burning; by 1987, she became a common fixture in Hollywood, paving the way to DC’s doorstep.

While her exact role in next year’s Batman v. Superman is still, to this day, unknown (seriously, we don’t even have a character name yet), it’s important enough to the plot that she’s a featured part of the recent trailer. Current scuttlebutt seems to have her being in the pocket of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor – if true, she could conceivably follow in whatever movie the supervillain next appears in.

$20 million: Laurence Fishburne (Perry White)

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Role: Perry White
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016)

The 54-year-old Laurence Fishburne may be best known for his portrayal of Morpheus in the Matrix trilogy (or as Tyrone “Clean” Miller in Apocalypse Now, for the older set), but he’s actually been involved in the realms of film, television, and theater since the early ‘70s, when he was a child actor on the soap opera One Life to Live.

On why the Man of Steel filmmakers cast Fishburne as Perry White, the traditionally white editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, screenwriter David S. Goyer has said that they were looking for someone with more of an edge – a “hard ass,” in his words – and never gave the racial aspect of the casting a second thought.

Although the character doesn’t seem set to get a great deal of screen time in Batman v. Superman (just as he didn’t in Man of Steel), it does appear that he’ll play a more important role in the film’s story – or, at least, in Superman’s character arc. This is a good thing: given that he’s extremely unlikely to pop up in any significant way before (the possible) Man of Steel 2, audiences will need every drop of both Fishburne and White they can get.

$20 million: Chris Pine (Steve Trevor)

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Role: Steve Trevor
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Wonder Woman (June 2017)

Coming from a family of actors – his father, mother, and maternal grandmother all plied the trade – Chris Pine didn’t make the decision to follow in his predecessors’ footsteps until later in his life, while in college. Soon after graduating, he made his big debut in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and five years later, he officially “made it” in Hollywood thanks to director J.J. Abrams’s reimagining of Star Trek, in which he starred as Captain James T. Kirk.

More recently, Pine has landed yet another rebooted role – Jack Ryan, in last year’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (which, unlike Star Trek, failed the financial franchise litmus test) – and will soon be making his way to the DCEU in the form of Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s main squeeze. Given that, in the (more recent) comics, the character is a senior government official, super spy, the United States’s official liaison to the Justice League of America, and, later on, a member of the JLA himself, Pine seems destined to be a mainstay in the filmic universe for quite some time.

$35 million: Diane Lane (Martha Kent)

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Role: Martha Kent
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016)

Diane Lane, who turned 50 earlier this year, got her start in 1979’s A Little Romance, alongside the legendary Sir Lawrence Olivier. Her career since has spanned both critical darlings and box office bombs, giant Hollywood fare and low-budget indie releases. But it was her gravitas that convinced Man of Steel director Zack Snyder to cast her as Superman’s terrestrial mother.

Much like Laurence Fishburne, Lane is a higher-paid and well-regarded actor who will only tangentially interact with the DC Extended Universe, given her widowed status in the far-away-from-the-action Smallville, Kansas. Don’t underestimate the emotional resonance the character could – and, quite frankly, should – have, however, if Warner Bros. decides to make her something of a mother figure for the extended Justice League family.

$35 million: Amy Adams (Lois Lane)

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Role: Lois Lane
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016), Justice League, Part I (November 2017)

At 41 years of age, Amy Adams is something of a late bloomer in Hollywood, generally, and the DCEU, specifically. Although starting her career early by performing dinner theater at local venues all throughout the country, Adams didn’t land a major part until 2002’s Catch Me If You Can. While she’s starred in a number of high-profile films since then, like Enchanted and American Hustle, it is her role as Lois Lane in Man of Steel and beyond that looks to be her most memorable.

The most interesting note about the actor, however, is her early background. She was born in Vicenza, Italy (while her military father was stationed there), was raised a Mormon, and trained to be a ballet dancer while still in high school. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some of this versatility reflected in Lois’s future character arc.

$40 million: Jared Leto (The Joker)

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Role: The Joker
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Suicide Squad (August 2016)

Although many fans know Jared Leto through his affiliation with the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars (he’s the lead singer and primary songwriter), the hybrid musician-actor actually got his start in the visual realm first, gaining acclaim and a fan base both in the short-lived television series My So-Called Life with Claire Danes. From there, it’s been a near-non-stop roller coaster ride in film, ranging from Requiem for a Dream (2000) to Panic Room (2002) to Dallas Buyers’ Club (2013).

But nothing will compare to his already-controversial take on the legendary Joker, one of the most recognizable supervillains in all of comicdom and, now, a near-impossible act to follow, after the late Heath Ledger turned the character on his head in Christopher Nolan’s already-classic The Dark Knight (2008). Working intensely with director David Ayer, Leto has crafted a take that is somewhere in between the classic comics version and Ledger’s reinvention.

The 43-year-old actor is already considered to be the centerpiece of Suicide Squad, and it is doubtless that Warners is looking to him to lead the charge of its new cinematic undertaking for the duration.

$85 million: Ben Affleck (Batman)

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Role: Batman
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Batman v. Superman (March 2016), Suicide Squad (August 2016), the Justice League two-parter (November 2017 and June 2019)

Batman has, without question, been the single biggest economic driver for both DC Comics and Warners Bros. for the past three decades. The folding of his feature film series into the nascent DCEU is unquestionably the biggest chance of the latter’s success; the last two Batman pictures netted $1 billion apiece, almost doubling Man of Steel’s box office take.

Ben Affleck is one of the few actors in Hollywood who has a history nearly as formidable as the character’s fictitious one, rising from local children’s programming in Boston to become one of the most in-demand directors, writers, and producers in Hollywood; 2012’s Argo, which he directed, produced, and starred in, won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Unfortunately, his acting talent is still questioned after an overexposed relationship with Jennifer Lopez (the original “Bennifer”) and a brief tenure as box office poison in the ’00s.

Interestingly enough, the huge outcry of protest over his casting as Zack Snyder’s older, more embittered Bruce Wayne has already become the stuff of legend, lending an air of vulnerability to Warners’ ironclad plans for the Dark Knight. It’s not an understatement to say that, should audiences fail to warm to Bat-fleck, the entire future of the DCEU could be in doubt.

$160 million: Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam)

Role: Black Adam
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Shazam (April 2019)

Few Hollywood figures are as popular – or, apparently, as ubiquitous – as Dwayne Johnson, who entered the popular cultural consciousness as the WWF wrestler the Rock in 1997.

Johnson transitioned to acting in the early 2000s, landing such roles as the lead in The Scorpion King, and, just a few years later, he retired from the WWF in order to pursue his new career full-time. He’s appeared in everything from children’s movies to dramas to comedies to, most visibly, action films (including this year’s San Andreas) – which is good, as Johnson will need to draw on part of his previous experience to portray Black Adam, the complicated antagonist who faces off with Shazam – the alter ego of a boy named Bill Batson who can transform into the Superman-esque hulk by speaking the magic word “shazam.”

The impending Shazam film is noteworthy for another reason: the character was the most popular of all the superheroes in his birth decade of the ‘40s, even becoming the first comics hero to make the leap to the silver screen. It’ll be interesting to see whether Warners – and Johnson – can sufficiently honor such a prestigious history.

$260 million: Will Smith (Deadshot)

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Role: Deadshot
Film(s) currently slated to appear in: Suicide Squad (August 2016)

If Dwayne Johnson is a star, then Will Smith is truly deserving of the much-overused appellation “super-star.”

First gaining acclaim as a musician – the “Fresh Prince” part of the DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince duo – in the late ‘80s, Smith moved over first to television in 1990 (thanks to his even-more-popular Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and then to film, becoming a reliable action star in vehicles like Bad Boys (1995) and Independence Day (1996). He’s now one of the highest-ranking actors and producers in all of Hollywood.

Deadshot may end up being his most interesting role yet. Originally introduced in 1950 in the pages of Batman as the world’s deadliest marksman, he has since, over the decades, been molded into something of an anti-hero, thanks in no small part to his longtime membership in the Suicide Squad.

It’s obvious that Warners is looking to Smith’s charm to help rub the rough edges off of its cinematic version of the character. The question is whether audiences will buy into it.

This is what tens of millions of dollars will get a studio eager in assembling a shared cinematic universe that could potentially be worth several billion. Is Warner Bros. going to get its money’s worth – or is it pursuing the wrong casting ideology? Sound off in the comments below.

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